Bethel Seminary planted its roots in the Midwest, in Chicago, back in 1871. As we grew, we moved to our current home in St. Paul, remaining planted in the central U.S., and expanded our seminary education to serve students working in population-dense areas on the west coast.
Today, we offer programs through our main campus in St. Paul and a location in San Diego.
In addition, many of our academic programs blend online learning with week long classroom intensives, making them a popular option for students serving throughout the country and the world.
The St. Paul campus is our largest—occupying 245 wooded acres on the shore of Lake Valentine. Seminary students enjoy a quiet, serene experience in academic buildings that have been architected to blend into the natural surroundings.
Located in an expansive and diverse metro area, the St. Paul campus gives students quick access to internships throughout the Twin Cities. The abundance of churches and ministry organizations serving in all kinds of settings, from tight-knit urban neighborhoods to large suburban communities, lets students jump right into meaningful hands-on work in their area of interest.
Our students are commuters, taking time from their ministry, work, or family schedules to join their seminary peers on campus for classes, events, and group projects. One of the Bethel childhood development centers is conveniently located nearby to serve seminary families.
Bethel Seminary San Diego is located on the dynamic Pacific Rim in a thriving city rich with opportunities for intercultural ministry. San Diego's many Hispanic-American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities, as well as its proximity to Mexico, give students hands-on experience serving across cultures.
Plus, with the beautiful Southern California climate, beaches, and mountains, what's not to love?
Our San Diego campus occupies a 20,000-square-foot building that houses offices, classrooms, a student center, and expanded library facilities with more than 80,000 volumes. Increasing enrollment over the years has resulted in the need to grow our campus and offer more diverse programming. We're in the planning stages of expanding our location to include a new 14,000-square-foot wing featuring a 380-seat chapel and conference center, library addition, new classrooms, preaching lab, student lounge, and more.